IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-140-1-editors-note.html Thu, 23 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Editor's Note 10/16/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14591-editors-note-10_16_14.html Editor's Note 10/16/14
As the State of Illinois cuts back its financial support and hours of operation for parks and historic sites, volunteers and donors are more important than ever. Last week the New Salem Lincoln League...]]>
Editor’s note 10/9/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14575-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-10_9_14.html Editor’s note 10/9/14
 Mddle East peace could begin in the Midwest, at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Why not? The historic progressive institution is thinking big and reaching wide by inviting Jimmy Carter, the fo...]]>
Editor's Note 10/02/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14531-editors-note-10_02_14.html Editor's Note 10/02/14
 Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill is getting high marks for candor in the way she describes the dismal graduation rate, test scores and racial disparities of District 186. ...]]>
Editor’s note 9/25/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14505-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-9_25_14.html Editor’s note 9/25/14
A couple of us picked the few remaining green beans and eggplants, while others harvested Swiss chard and white radishes. A grocery bag full of sweet potatos is what’s left of the plot of deep-green...]]>
Editor's Note 9/18/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14464-editors-note-9_18_14.html Editor's Note 9/18/14
Voters are turning out in record numbers for this year’s Best of Springfield survey. The ballot, beginning on p. 28, appears in the print edition for the last time this week, but online voting conti...]]>
Editor's Note 9/11/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14441-editors-note-9_11_14.html Editor's Note 9/11/14
Last week’s NAACP-sponsored community forum on race relations has started a healthy discussion in Springfield. Once again it has raised the subject of minority hiring in the police department. Mayor...]]>
Editor's Note 9/4/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14412-editors-note-9_4_14.html Editor's Note 9/4/14
 The first stage of Springfield’s rail relocation has started with groundbreaking last month on an underpass at Carpenter and 10th streets.  Although funding for the full relocation projec...]]>
Editor's Note 8/7/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14299-editors-note-8_7_14.html Editor's Note 8/7/14
 Springfield Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe has proven himself a pragmatist by withdrawing from the mayor’s race before it has officially begun. Jobe, who has been ambition personified (he broke the six...]]>
Editor's Note 7/31/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14261-editors-note-7_31_14.html Editor's Note 7/31/14
At a luncheon this week the first graduates of the Sangamon CEO program described the businesses they created, the people they met and the life lessons they learned. The high school students spent a b...]]>
Editor's Note 7/24/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14225-editors-note-7_24_14.html Editor's Note 7/24/14
It has now been 100 days since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by a group called Boko Haram. The occasion was marked by a meeting of the girls’ parents with Nigerian President Good...]]>
Editor's Note 7/17/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14197-editors-note-7_17_14.html Editor's Note 7/17/14
It would have been refreshing had Mayor Mike Houston proclaimed his single term a success and announced his willingness to step aside, as promised. Springfield has a number of young, talented public s...]]>
Editor's Note 7/10/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14171-editors-note-7_10_14.html Editor's Note 7/10/14
 While central Illinois is glowing about this year’s fine corn and bean crops, some farmers, along with the fertilizer industry and government policymakers, are looking for ways to keep more of...]]>
Editor's Note 7/3/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14142-editors-note-7_3_14.html Editor's Note 7/3/14
 Every year around the Fourth of July Springfield celebrates Independents Week by appreciating and patronizing independent, locally owned businesses. There are dozens of reasons to shop Local Fir...]]>
Editor's Note 6/26/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14114-editors-note-6_26_14.html Editor's Note 6/26/14
 This week the winners of the Small Business Owner of the Year awards, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, all talked about taking care of their employees and their customer...]]>
Editor's Note 6/19/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14095-editors-note-6_19_14.html Editor's Note 6/19/14
We cleaned up at the Illinois Press Association annual newspaper awards banquet last week, bringing home the top “general excellence” awards for our division in both advertising and editorial. In ...]]>
Editor's Note 6/12/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14064-editors-note-6_12_14.html Editor's Note 6/12/14
 The Compass after-school program for homeless and low-income children this week marked the end of the school year by recognizing the dozens of volunteers who give an afternoon a week to being a ...]]>
Letters to the Editor 5/29/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14005-letters-to-the-editor-5_29_14.html Letters to the Editor 5/29/14
Once again the General Assembly leaves town amid chaos, with a who-knows-what’s-in-it budget that doesn’t balance with projected revenues because legislators refused to pass the income tax extensi...]]>
Editor's Note 5/8/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13909-editors-note-5_8_14.html Editor's Note 5/8/14
 Thanks to Illinois Issues for reporting that the Illinois Department of Agriculture is trying out a new weapon in its battle against gypsy moths, which in their caterpillar stage defoliate milli...]]>
Editor's Note 4/24/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13807-editors-note-4_24_14.html Editor's Note 4/24/14
 Thanks to our freshman state senator, Andy Manar, for getting school aid formula reform out on the legislative table. (See “Fixing school funding,” by Lauren P. Duncan, p. 11.) The formula f...]]>
Editor's Note 4/10/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13732-editors-note-4_10_14.html Editor's Note 4/10/14
 We suppose it’s better late than never: The Quinn administration Department of Natural Resources has agreed to stop being so cozy with Big Coal. As you’ll read in Bruce Rushton’s story on ...]]>
Editor's Note 4/3/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13698-editors-note-4_3_14.html Editor's Note 4/3/14
 Our comprehensive report this week on video gambling [see “A gambling mecca,” by Bruce Rushton, p. 12] includes the fact that Springfield is leading the state in the number of machines. Aren...]]>
Editor's Note 3/20/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13626-editors-note-3_20_14.html Editor's Note 3/20/14
Now that Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor, battle lines are drawn and stakes are high for the fall election. Gov. Pat Quinn will begin staking out ground in his March 26 budget addr...]]>
Editor's Note 3/6/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13582-editors-note-3_6_14.html Editor's Note 3/6/14
Comes news this week of the passing of Florence “Flossie” Hardin, in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 102½. A longtime Springfield resident and spouse of prominent attorney John Hardin, Florence at ...]]>
Editor's Note 2/27/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13583-editors-note-2_27_14.html Editor's Note 2/27/14
We don’t agree with the Illinois Policy Institute on much, but when it comes to municipal pensions, the institute is a messenger who shouldn’t be shot. Springfield has the worst pension mess of an...]]>
Editor's Note 2/20/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13584-editors-note-2_20_14.html Editor's Note 2/20/14
In the best tradition of grass-roots activism, a citizens group is leading the way where public officials fear to tread. A group called Invest in 186, calling for a referendum to  increase proper...]]>
Editor's Note 2/13/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13585-editors-note-2_13_14.html Editor's Note 2/13/14
At Monday night’s Citizens Club meeting to ponder Sangamon County’s low ranking in health indicators – 80th among 102 counties in Illinois – a new guard seems ready to move in where the old gu...]]>
Editor's Note 2/6/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13586-editors-note-2_6_14.html Editor's Note 2/6/14
Gov. Pat Quinn gave an upbeat State of the State address, but nobody is convinced. There have been too many cuts and bill-paying delays for anyone to believe the state is on the mend. It is good to se...]]>
Editor's Note 1/30/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13587-editors-note-1_30_14.html Editor's Note 1/30/14
“Why so many small babies in Sangamon County?” is the question from this issue that haunts. See page 11 for the article by Lauren P. Duncan, our editorial intern. Sangamon County’s rate for low ...]]>
Editor's Note 1/23/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13588-editors-note-1_23_14.html Editor's Note 1/23/14
King Day came and went this year with the usual good feeling. The Frontiers International breakfast swarmed with politicians rarely seen in Springfield – Aaron Schock, Rodney Davis. . . even Sue Sch...]]>
Editor's Note 1/16/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13589-editors-note-1_16_14.html Editor's Note 1/16/14
Finally, millions who have been denied health insurance are now getting coverage. But when the bills for Obamacare start coming due, it will become more obvious than ever that policy needs to shift fr...]]>